The idea of exercising and its health benefits have been around for quite a while. We all know that everyone benefits from exercise, especially for older adults. Exercise, if done properly, creates energy and makes you feel more alive. Everyone feels better when they exercise, and it’s never too late to start a healthy lifestyle and stay fit after fifty.
It’s a fact that people of all ages and physical conditions benefit greatly from exercise and physical activities. Even if you have had an inactive lifestyle, you have never exercised or have stopped exercising for some reason, there is good news. It’s never too late to improve your health. Certain goals like improving your stamina, losing weight, reducing stress or managing a health condition are just some things to keep you challenged and motivated. Take on regular exercise and stay healthy, active and fit even after fifty.
There are a lot of Fit after Fifty stories, and more often than not the secret has always been out in the open, EXERCISE, that is. As you age, your body can become more susceptible to injuries and require more attention to detail to stay in top form. Here’s a rundown of what you can do for senior health and wellness:
- Set realistic goals. Be consistent and make a commitment to exercise – but most importantly to yourself. Focus on your goals and don’t make excuses as these can rob you of making progress. You don’t have to exercise for long periods of time; just try to get a good and efficient workout even for just 15 to 20 minutes with a frequency of 3 to 4 times a week.
- Walk everyday. Walking is the simplest form of exercise and has lots of benefits. It is easy and a fun way to start getting fit – but keep in mind, strengthening training should also be done but walking can lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, take off weight, and improve your strength. Try walking for 30 minutes everyday.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water as it hydrates you and helps energize your muscles. Water also flushes away toxins from the body and great for your skin, too. Staying hydrated will help to decrease muscle cramps and even headaches!
- Pay attention to balance. The older we get the more likely we are to lose our balance and hurt ourselves. The goal is to strengthen your stabilizing muscles. Poor balance and tendency to fall typically results when the systems involved are not “tuned up.” Exercises that strengthen the muscles in the legs, hips, and lower back will improve your balance.
- Stretch. It can help your body stay limber and flexible. Joints and muscles can lose their elasticity, especially if you are not proactive. Stretching releases unnecessary tension and helps get rid of muscle imbalance.
The key is to exercise daily, in order to stay fit and keep your body functioning optimally. Exercising along with a balanced diet are definite ways to boost energy and keep you fit after fifty.
If you’re dealing with any physical limitation or are recovering from any surgical procedure you want to begin with a low impact exercise routine to ensure your safety. You will be able to easily gauge your response to exercise and continue to progress from here. We all need to start somewhere.
Until Next Time,
Stay Happy & Healthy,